2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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Suzuki unveiled the IV-4 — a concept car that previews a new crossover that will replace the Grand Vitara — at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. And now our spy photographers caught a prototype of the production version is out testing.

As you can see, the prototype is heavily camouflaged, so it’s pretty difficult to know what is hiding beneath. Still, considering an SX4 was testing next to it, and that it was wearing the typical Suzuki camo, it pretty evident that this is s Suzuki crossover of some sort, likely the next-gen Grand Vitara.

This new Grand Vitara will use Suzuki’s latest ALLGRIP four-wheel-drive system, but it will also come in your basic front-wheel-drive setup.

Suzuki promised that this new crossover will lightest model in its class, with lowest fuel consumption and the lowest CO2 emissions.

Though we are not 100-percent certain that this new crossover will carry the Grand Vitara name, we are pretty sure that we’ll see it in 2015. Sorry U.S. buyers, Suzuki does not plan to sell it, or any other model, in the U.S. any time soon...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Spy shots

Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Grand Vitara

The prototype caught testing today by our spy photographers is heavily camouflaged, so it’s nearly impossible to imagine what the production version will look like. Still, we expect it to look pretty much identical to the recently launched Suzuki models combined with design elements from the IV-4.

Competitors

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 was unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it introduced a completely revised exterior and interior look, a new engine and a new transmission.

The new generation RAV4 replaced the old V-6 engine with a new 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. The engine is mated to a new six-speed transmission with Sequential Shift.

The 2014 RAV4 is priced from $23,550.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

The 2014 CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter four-banger that delivers a total of 185 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 163 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox that sends it power to either the front or all four wheels.

Prices start from $22,945.


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